SaintA is committed to keeping clients and staff safe as we tend to the health and well-being of the people we serve each day in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. Since the coronavirus outbreak began, the Executive Team and Safety Committee here at SaintA have been monitoring the situation to understand the risk to our community.
How is SaintA Responding?
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), agree that containment is the first priority. SaintA has made the decision to take some cautionary steps to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as of March 12, 2020.
Our assertive action plan emphasizes being proactive and following the recommendations from public health experts to help protect our staff, clients and community.
- Our office remains open during normal business hours (M-F, 8 am-5pm)
- Limited staff will be on site as maintaining our service to clients is a priority.
- Staff are encouraged to work from home when possible and to cancel all non-essential work travel.
- All upcoming SaintA-sponsored events for at least the next four weeks will be canceled.
- SaintA serves hundreds of children, youth and families in Milwaukee and across the state of Wisconsin every day.
- We will be taking more proactive measures to ensure community safety, including phone screenings and closely monitoring face-to-face client care.
- We will continue to assess the situation in order to provide the best care for our clients moving forward.
Containment Starts at Home
Although the word pandemic can create fear, the WHO and CDC say it describes the widespread nature of the outbreak, not dire consequences. Also, according to the CDC, the same precautions that help keep us safe locally will also likely help contain the spread of the virus world-wide.
Containment does include some disruptions to everyday life and also diligence in washing our hands, covering our mouths and noses if we sneeze or cough, staying home when sick and practicing social distancing. This page from the CDC outlines everything you need to know to keep yourself safe at home, work, school and in public spaces.
We’re helping “Flatten the Curve”
If we don’t act now, a huge number of cases can generate, which means more people will have the potential to infect others. This can easily overwhelm the health care system.
“Flattening the curve” is how we avoid that from happening.
In short, it’s the process of reducing the amount of cases at one time by limiting social interaction. Containment is key.
We hope this plan will help us focus where the WHO and CDC say it matters most: on preventing the virus from reaching the most vulnerable such as those with weak immune systems from underlying health conditions and/or older adults.
We will continue to monitor the situation and prioritize whatever is necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and clients.